Planning Doctoral Studies Planning Doctoral Studies

The scope and composition of studies

The scientific postgraduate studies (total minimum 40 ECTS credits) compose of research field studies and studies supporting the research field as follows:

  • Research field studies, minimum 20 ECTS cr: postgraduate-level studies, e.g. doctoral courses offered by doctoral programmes or doctoral training networks.  
  • Studies supporting the research field, 0-20 ECTS cr (so that min. total 40 ECTS cr is achieved): including at least one course on scientific writing and publishing is recommended (e.g. KE00BZ88-3001 English Clinic for Researchers and Doctoral Students).

Industrial Engineering and Management, Software Engineering: Doctoral studies have to include 5-20 ECTS credits of general studies related to methodology or making science. These studies may be included in the research field studies and/or the supporting studies.

When planning your studies in Sisu please take into account that the studies to be included in the doctoral degree must be completed before the permission to print is granted by the Academic Council. LUT Doctoral School recommends that the studies should be completed during the first two years of studying.

From January 1, 2022 onwards the study attainments included in a doctoral degree may not date back more than seven years. On special grounds, an exception can be made based on the proposal of the coordinating supervisor. The final decision on the matter is made by the head of the doctoral programme. Supplementary studies will not expire.

Doctoral courses offered at LUT can be found in the Guide for Postgraduate Studies and also in Sisu. See further information about Sisu on the Uni-page Studies, Sisu and enrolment for the academic year. Check also futher information on training and info sessions organised by LUT University.

Please note! Doctoral students have to enrol for the academic year (attending/non-attending) every year. Enrolment is obligatory even if the student does not take any courses during the academic year. Please see further information.

General instructions on the selection of studies

  • The studies must be postgraduate-level studies, for instance seminars, doctoral training network courses or university courses targeted for doctoral students.
  • Especially courses to be taken elsewhere and their suitability for doctoral studies at LUT University should be discussed with the supervisor in advance and if necessary to check the level of the course with LUT Doctoral School as well.
  • If the number of credits has not been defined, the scope will be measured on the basis of the amount of work by the student (27 h = 1 ECTS credit, in whole numbers only).
  • Maximum 4 ECTS credits can be given on the grounds of conferences from the student's own discipline (2 ECTS cr/conference), provided that the conference had a review board and the student gave a presentation. The study attainment may not be included in an article-based dissertation.
  • Literature examination results: in addition to the name of the examiner and the number of credits, the student has to mention the author, title, the number of pages and the publication year of the book studied. 40-70 pages usually corresponds to 1 ECTS credit but also the difficulty level of the content affects the number of credits given. When delivering the preliminary study plan as an attachment to the application, it is enough to give the general subject field of the literature in addition to the ECTS credits and how the content will be examined.
  • Seminars that the organiser (university, doctoral programme) offers to its doctoral students are commonly accepted in the ECTS credit extent defined by the organiser.
  • It is essential to pay attention to the level of courses before taking them. This is important especially regarding courses openly offered online (MOOCs=Massive Open Online Courses, e.g. edX, Coursera). It is not possible to include "beginner"- or "intermediate"-level courses in the doctoral degree. "Advanced"-level courses can be included in the supporting studies if really necessary.
  • Master-level studies may be included at the discretion of the supervisor especially if the suitability of the course for postgraduate studies is mentioned in the course description.
  • University pedagogy training offered by LUT University (only in Finnish, 25 ECTS credits) may be included in supporting studies as a module of 4 ECTS credits. Further information on pedagogical studies in English is available on LUT intranet. Credits are not given based on single pedagogy courses taken.